Not been to the Baby Show before? It's great. I went to one at the NEC while pregnant last year, and I've since been to 2 more (in London). So what is so good about them?
- As a mum to be I found it useful to check out some of the best buggies and car seats on the market, decide some of the essential items I wanted, and some things I definitely didn't. I bought several items at a bargain price and I got loads of freebies.
- As a mum with a baby just a few weeks old I found it useful to buy products that I had held off on until after the birth. And I also got loads of freebies.
- As a mum with a baby about to start weaning I enjoyed looking at the various paraphernalia that could help make the process easier for me and Baby M as well as food she could try. It was also brilliant to investigate some of the latest products for making life easier for you and baby. Oh and I might have got my hands on a few freebies as well.
- There are lots of products and ideas for older children as well so I will definitely be going back.
At the Birmingham Baby Show over 250 brands are exhibiting including:
"Fisher-Price, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, Marks & Spencer, Britax, tommee tippee and new companies Mammae, Poco Nido,Kinderroom and Curaprox"
Most exhibitors sell their products at a special reduced rate. As a savvy mum who likes the best deals I've checked a few of the offers in the past on my phone while at the show and I've found they can beat internet prices.
And as if that wasn't enough there are a wide range of talks on the Prima Baby Stage including first aid tips from British Red Cross and nutrition advice from Annabel Karmel
To make it easy for those with little ones there is a creche run by Fisher-Price, a large nappy changing area (with free wipes and nappies) and feeding areas. I love the Tommee Tippee breastfeeding area which is hidden away with the most comfy seats in the place.
So if you are free on the 18th, 19th or 20th May I strongly recommend visiting. You can buy tickets in advance for £12 via the Baby Show website, or they are £20 on the door.
If you would like 2 tickets to go for free then you are in the right place.
To enter: leave a comment below saying which one item you think is essential for a new mum. The competition closes midnight on the 8th May. The winner will be selected at random.
If you don't have any of the profiles required for posting a comment you can enter by tweeting me your answer (@essexkate) or emailing me email@example.com
For an extra chance to win tweet a link to this blog post and include the hash tag #givemebabyshowtix
Update Wednesday 9th May:
Some of the best suggestions received by email were :
Rachel: "the very best cot mattress you can afford so the baby is as comfy as possible and will sleep better/ for longer"
Debbie: "my husband" who sounds absolutely amazing
SSBG: "A loving and supporting partner" or "a swing" to soothe colic
Zeenat: "Burp Clothes"
Sarah: "a nice comfy chair for feeding is essential to save your back"
All winners were written on a piece of paper (twice for the hash tag posting) and the winner picked at random was: Zeenat.
Everyone else I hope you will take advantage of some of the discount codes out there and still go along. Thank you everyone that entered